Allegheny County Extension will host a two-day short course, “Estimating and Bidding for Landscape Installation,” Scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, January 28 and 29, 2015, the course is a must for anyone bidding on landscape jobs. Responding to a long-term survey, participants from the 2013 sessions, offered in Allegheny and Lehigh counties, reported a total increase of at least $1,052,500 in net returns to their businesses in the nine months after taking the class and using the techniques they learned there.
Beef, sheep, meat-goat and swine producers looking for information on how to make their livestock enterprises more profitable can take advantage of four home-study courses offered by Penn State Extension this winter.
Have you ever thought of running for local elected office? Local government is where the action is. You can help make decisions about how your community will grow, what shape the streets are in, and which services are most important. Land use, growth policies, infrastructure improvements and taxation are some of the more obvious areas of concern.
And other wildlife too! Reserve the date, January 17, 2015, to help your children create decorations to nurture our wildlife.
Whole grains add much value to our body’s health. They add minerals, vitamins, fiber and keep us feeling full.
Fall is back to school time. Keep your child and yourself healthy this school year by keeping your immune system strong.
Bills have a way of always going up, and very rarely coming down. Food bills fluctuate according to the number of trips to the grocery store and number of times eating out. Luckily, food bills can go down if you are willing to stick to a budget.
One of the worst stressors in a cook’s world is looking for an ingredient and finding that you just ran out or someone used the last of it. Sometimes you can substitute ingredients and the dish still tastes good. Other times there are ingredients that you can't find a good substitution for.
When you think of the fall season, mums, pumpkins, and corn stalks often come to mind. With winter approaching all too fast, gardeners try to soak up as much garden atmosphere as they can to get them through that cold weather ahead.
A terrarium is a container designed to hold small plants and animals in controlled conditions. Its closed nature creates an environment that is easy to control, allowing people to simulate everything from the desert to the rainforest.
Gypsy moth egg masses laid in August sit silently throughout fall and winter waiting for spring to arrive at which time they will hatch mid-April to mid-May when temperatures are above 60°F here in Pennsylvania.
Boxelder bugs, Boisea trivittas, are considered a fall nuisance to those of us who have boxelder trees (Acer negundo) near our homes. As the temperatures start to drop these insects decide that a good overwintering site is in our homes.
After a typical summer for our area, most of us find our lawn leaves something to be desired when compared to the lush lawn we had at the end of the spring.
Maintaining a shade garden after the spring bulbs have faded can be a challenge. Tall trees can suck up any moisture and leave you with bone dry soil. To correct the problem incorporate as much organic matter as possible.
Potatoes sometimes get a bad rap as many folks believe that they cause weight gain. Potatoes are considered a vegetable; however, because they are a starchy vegetable, it is recommended to eat only up to five cups a week based on a 2000 calorie diet. Every day we should strive to eat two and one half cups of vegetables.
Often one of the jobs of the kitchen helpers is to clear the table and put away any leftovers. Food storage containers can be great tools for kitchen helpers, or they can be a nightmare. Choosing the proper food storage containers is important both for food safety and food quality. Food safety experts warn not to reuse packaging materials such as paper, paperboard, and expanded foam containers, like foam cups and foam meat trays. These containers have air spaces that will store food particles and bacteria.
Rice is an economical food for family meals. It is a good source of energy, and can supply vitamins and minerals to the diet. It is generally classified as a grain, but in family meals it can be used as a cereal, as a substitute for potatoes, in soups, and as a dessert. The custom of throwing rice at weddings is a survival of the ancient Chinese religious belief that rice is the symbol of fertility.
At this year’s Penn State Extension Master Gardener State Conference, the Master Gardeners of Pike County were presented with a second place “Search for Excellence - Innovative Projects” award for their Broad Street Pollinator Garden, and a third place “Search for Excellence - Youth Programming” award for a Spider Days educational program.
The Columns Museum partnered with Pike County 4-H to provide the Back in the Day Adventure.